Summer Grilling with Bison

Summertime is the best time of the year for hanging out in the backyard, sipping iced drinks with friends and family, and cooking up some quality meat on the barbeque. Most people settle for the traditional hamburger and hot dog for their grilling needs. But for those who truly love meat, nothing goes better on a grille than American bison.

The History of Bison

When it comes to bison, most people are unsure what the truth is about this great American animal. While it is true that their numbers were drastically depleted during the Great Expansion of America during the 1800s, bison are no longer considered endangered. In fact, the population of the bison has grown by significant numbers over the last few decades.

A bison is considered a sustainably sourced protein as these animals are constantly on the move, grazing for short periods, leaving the land clear for new seeds to germinate, grow, and that allows for the new grass to become home to pollinating insects and for birds to nest. Because of their need to constantly roam, bison live healthier lives and provide a meat that is more nutrient dense.

Cooking Basics With Bison

When compared to beef, bison comes in the same cut variety as cattle but the meat contains less fat and has fewer calories compared to its counterparts. It comes in steaks and chops, bison sausages and brats, and even ground bison that can be used for burgers and meatloaf. All the meat is 100% USDA certified and many cuts are approved by the American Heart Association.

Seasoning is fundamental to a good tasting piece of bison. Keeping it simple with just a little olive oil, kosher salt, and cracked pepper helps lock in flavor and keep the meat juicy and tender.

When cooking bison, it is good to understand that bison can take less time to cook than beef. Because it is a dense protein, it is best to not overcook it and serve it medium-rare at the most. Letting the bison properly rest for double the time for beef helps keep all the juices from running out and ruining the flavor. Above all, make sure the internal temperature is between 120 to 140 degrees and use a meat thermometer for an accurate reading. Always trust a meat thermometer over just eyeballing to determine if the bison is cooked properly.

Decorate Your Ice Cream Shop with these Tips

An ice cream shop is a business that is fun and exciting. It’s where families and friends can enjoy a cup or cone of ice cream, gelato or frozen yogurt depending on what is sold. According to Gelato Products, the attractiveness of your storefront is one of the first indicators that your shop offers a quality product.

Choosing Colors for Your Brand

When you choose the colors of the shop, use those that are lighter as they will give a fresh look to the inside instead of darker colors that can tend to not want customers to think about ice cream. Pink and mint green are ideal for wallpaper and accents along the counter. Place gelato cups and spoons along a counter that are in colors of pink and green to accent the walls.

Showing Off the Product

Instead of boring flowers or other small decorations on the tables, use frozen yogurt paper cups with imitations of the toppings that customers can choose from when they get their frozen treats. You could use items that look like rainbow candies, sprinkles, fruits and chocolate pieces. The idea is to give customers an idea of what the finished product will look like, and give them a reason to say yes to your store.

Working with Your Space

The layout of the ice cream shop is just as important as the colorful decorations. There needs to be a refrigerated area with a glass case where guests can see the varieties that are offered. You could also use a self-serve station where customers put their own ice cream in a cup or bowl before getting the toppings that they want. Add a few pictures that relate to summertime or ice cream on the walls or on the refrigerated case. Custom printed cups can be used along the top of the case to showcase the personality of the shop.

Packages in the Mailbox

Yey! I’ve finally got the bento accessories that I bought online! They came in the mail the other day and it was super fast! It took only about more than a week for the small package to arrive and I was so happy to have received them. I got the rice mold in the package and I am very excited to use it and here’s what it looks like:

rice mold

So I just scoop rice into it, press it a little and then it will be formed into those fun shapes. I did buy a bento starter kit last month and I love it as well! I enjoy making fun and creative lunches for Kuya Bogs in summer camp. I still have the egg mold to wait for and that I can’t wait to try either. I hope it will be in the mailbox this week.